Celebrations for the arrival of the lunar year of the Dragon, one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, have begun in Asian countries and communities around the world. They will end on February 24th with the first full moon.

Precisely because they are based on lunar cycles, the dates of the holiday vary slightly each year, falling between the end of January and mid-February.

In Chinese, more than 100 idioms incorporate the word “dragon,” a symbol that predominantly conveys positive connotations such as excellence, power, prestige, royalty and luck.

One of the main traditions of the Lunar New Year is to give red envelopes containing money as a sign of good luck.

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